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The People, the Uncounted, and Discardable Life in Rancière

Brett Levinson

in Market and Thought

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223848
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235421 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223848.003.0004
The People, the Uncounted, and Discardable Life in Rancière

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This chapter expands upon Gramsci's thoughts on the subaltern by relating them to the theses put forth in Jacques Rancière's Disagreement. For Rancière, politics addresses the allotment of the “in common” that members of a political community share as the condition of the community's division into sectors, properties, and parties. Uncomfortable with the politics of the French Heideggerianism or “structuralism/deconstruction” of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and aware that classical Marxism was no longer a viable option, Rancière works to distinguish his project from these beliefs, although he does not completely overlook his direct and indirect debt to Heidegger. Rancière seeks a break from French Heideggerianism that nonetheless affirms, rather than resents and competes with, the strength of that thought. And Rancière declares the care of language as essential to any intervention into neoliberal consensus.

Keywords: Rancière; politics; Disagreement; Heidegger; neoliberal consensus; postdemocracy

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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